Press Release

April 10, 2012

Contact: Jeanne Crump, DO, Director of Graduate Medical Education, 360-848-5537

Mount Vernon Mayor, Skagit Regional Health Celebrate Osteopathic Medicine Week in April

Mount Vernon Mayor Jill Boudreau signed a proclamation designating April 15 to 21, 2012 as National Osteopathic Medicine Week. The proclamation is in honor of the medical students, teaching physicians and soon-to-be residents participating in osteopathic graduate medical education at Skagit Valley Hospital in partnership with Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences (PNWU).

In 2010, Skagit Valley Hospital welcomed its first class of 12 third-year medical students from PNWU, followed by the addition of 11 more students in 2011.

The osteopathic program will welcome eight residents in July with the focus on Internal Medicine and Family Medicine.

The university opened in 2008 as the region’s first medical school in 60 years to address a critical need for more health care professionals to work in rural and underserved communities.

Skagit Valley Hospital is among 10 locations in a five-state region to be selected by PNWU for student rotations.

The following information comes from the American Osteopathic Association ( regarding Doctors of Osteopathy (DO) and Doctor of Medicine (MD):

- Students entering both DO and MD medical colleges typically have already completed four-year bachelor's degrees with an emphasis on scientific courses.

- Both DOs and MDs complete four years of basic medical education.

- After medical school, both DOs and MDs obtain graduate medical education through internships, residencies and fellowships. This training lasts three to eight years and prepares DOs and MDs to practice a specialty.

- Both DOs and MDs can choose to practice in any specialty of medicine—such as pediatrics, family medicine, psychiatry, surgery or ophthalmology.

- DOs and MDs must pass comparable examinations to obtain state licenses.

- DOs and MDs both practice in accredited and licensed health care facilities.

- DOs receive specialized training in Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT), which involves hands-on care, and using the hands to diagnose, treat, and prevent illness or injury. Using OMT, an osteopathic physician can move muscles and joints using techniques including stretching, gentle pressure and resistance.

Photo caption: Jilll Boudreau, mayor of Mount Vernon, signs proclamation for National Osteopathic Medicine Week, April 15 - 21.
(Back row) Heidi Martin, Miranda Eiseman, CEO Gregg Davidson, Tami Gilbert, Richard Abbott, MD, Scott Blanchet, Jeanne Crump, DO.